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Great Expectations Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 56 Summary

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Chapter 56 Summary

Magwitch is very ill. He lies in prison with several broken ribs and a wounded lung. The trial is short, and he is found guilty, despite the new reputation, he has garnered in Australia. Later, Pip watches him sentenced to death along with thirty-one other men and women. He tells the judge that he has received a sentence of death from God, but he has also received his. He leaves last because of his injuries. Meanwhile, Pip petitions various authorities, including the Crown. When there are ten more days to his execution, Pip visits him. He is allowed to prolong his visit through the intervention of the prison's governor. Pip tells him that his child is alive. Hardly has he done this than he raises Pip's hand to his lips, then allows it to fall and dies. Pip asks God to have mercy on him.

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